single review – Nanka Buttobase (SCANDAL)

Scandal Nanka Buttobase [Regular Edition]

SCANDAL’s Myspace account describes them as “the most powerful Japanese girl band” that “started their musical activity with their fearless personality and aggressive rock sound". However, with only their latest single ‘>Nanka Buttobase as basis, I find the claim somehow farfetched.

The girls all share vocal duties while playing their assigned instruments: HARUNA on guitar, MAMI on guitar, TOMOMI on bass and RINA on drums. In Nanka Buttobase, they strike me as 4 variations of Nana Kitade during her Kesenai Tsumi days.

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The song certainly has that garage rock feel but there’s something about the refrain that defies their promise to “send anything flying”. It has a nice beat but not enough sass to project the “aggressive rock sound” that they are said to personify. A few more tweaks (like a more prominent bass, maybe?) and we may have ourselves a winner. And perhaps the girls could consider doing away with the synchronized dancing in the pv? Sure, it looks cute but I don’t think that’s exactly what they are aiming for.

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